SST gene

Polymorphism of somatostatin gene and its association with growth traits in Chinese cattle

L. Gao, Zan, L. S., Wang, H. B., Hao, R. J., and Zhong, X., Polymorphism of somatostatin gene and its association with growth traits in Chinese cattle, vol. 10, pp. 703-711, 2011.

Somatostatins play a crucial role in the regulation of growth and development in vertebrates, especially muscle growth. We assessed the association of somatostatin gene polymorphisms with growth traits by PCR-SSCP (polymerase chain reaction-single strand conformation polymorphism) and DNA sequencing methods in 694 individuals from six Chinese cattle breeds. A novel single nucleotide polymorphism, G126A, was detected, and significant associations were found with body length, body height, hip width, heart girth, and hucklebone width index.

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